Physics

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The universe is an astounding thing. The more insight we get into it, the more we all marvel. Physics is responsible for our glimpse into the universe, and for our knowledge about natural laws and forces. It is considered the ground of "hard sciences" because the laws and forces uncovered influence systems involved in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and ecology. The intrigue of physics, then, is its connectedness to data and mathematics.... highly provable and certain discoveries. The sad part, Read more [...]
Categories: Academic Topics

Reasonable Christian Belief

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When you go to college, you are separated not only from your parents, but also from your community and your church. You essentially enter a free form existence defined by peers in your same situation and professors. During this time you will make the decisions which ultimately set the course for the rest of your life. What part of society will you align yourself with? In the midst of making these decisions, you will be confronted with a great deal of information and ideas that you have never heard Read more [...]
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Sociology

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Sociology is study of society or human grouping. In the social sciences, it is at the "top" of the spectrum with economics because it examines the largest scale trends of human behavior... the results of 4 billion people interacting together. At the "bottom" of the social sciences is psychology, which studies the individual actor. Cultural anthropology is in the "middle" because it looks at tribes or cultures -- small groups identified by geography, history or race. Sociology, being at the top of Read more [...]
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A Model for Christian Academic Engagement

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One path to winning respect from the Academy is to research, promote and parrot the ideas which dominate the scholarship of the moment. This method, along with hard work, of course, is the quick way to become respected and important in the academy. As Christians, however, we are not seeking respect and importance as an ends, our goal is to be a prophetic and transformational voice. At minimum, we should seek to be "salt and light" which slows the slide of the world toward nihilistic and Godless thought. If Read more [...]
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Psychology

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Psychology is a diverse field where the main subject is the human being, the individual. Biological psychology studies the biological basis of behavior (including neuroscience), cognitive psychology examines the role of thinking/believing, social psychology studies the customs and principles of human interaction, and developmental psychology examines the growth of the individual (child, teen, and adult) over time. There are other tangential or specialized fields in psychology such as historical, Read more [...]
Categories: Academic Topics

Political Science

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The field of Political Science is comprised of several sub-disciplines. The two main branches, however, are government and international relations. That is the branch that studies the internal operations of a nation states, and the branch that studies their interactions across boundaries. They are related because they both study power, it's use and attainment. In government you study the structures that facilitate or limit people's behavior, and how people actually behave within those structures. Read more [...]
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Economics

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Economics is perhaps one of the most important and most debated subjects. It is a subject that everyone has a viewpoint on whether or not it is well-developed or explicitly stated. The discipline of economics used to be more about philosophy than math, but around World War II, Paul Samuelson reinvented the discipline by adding lots of mathematical modeling. This has caused the average person to see economics and economic debates as primarily about numbers and formulas, when in reality, underneath Read more [...]
Categories: Academic Topics

Why The Go Network

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If you watch the news a lot, you might want to hide in a bunker. I remember when, as a young Christian, I first became aware that our society was headed in a bad direction. A good friend and I concluded that this was part of our lot as Christians approaching the end. Although we as Christians could expect good things from God, for society itself, things would get worse and worse. This led me to focus on being a good Christian, and a good witness in the midst of a decaying generation. I have have Read more [...]
Categories: Ministry Perspectives

How to Study the Bible: Where to Begin?

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There are a mountain of resources available today to help you learn how to study the Bible, the only problem is that most of them are built on incorrect assumptions. In fact, I would go so far as to say, a lot of the training that is out there, it would be better if you had no training at all.   Where to Start The first and most important faulty assumption is that Bible study begins with the Bible. Bible study, begins with you. The Bible is not an artifact. If you study it like an artifact, Read more [...]
Categories: Bible Interpretation

Winning Your Husband Back

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In the circles I move in, I often encounter women who are decidedly more spiritual than their husbands. This leads to a very common problem of "how do I get my husband to 'get it'" Men of course experience this same problem, but in general feel less constrained when it occurs. For a woman, however, it can really be a huge burden. Because I encounter this so much I wanted to take a few minutes to give some practical advice. First, Not all 'unspiritual' Husbands are the same. Here are a few of the Read more [...]
Categories: Pastoral Care